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Poster: William Tell Date: May 28, 2009 5:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: John Fahey? (non GD; assistance req'd)

Hey all: so, my older son (you know the one, Arb) says I must expose myself to Fahey...though familiar with the name, I do not know the material.

Anyone have any insights? Gleaned a bit from wiki, but assume some of you can offer more info (BD? I figure this is right up your alley...Arb? Earl? Rob? Anyone?).

Not that I am looking for "where can I DL everything he ever did for free?"...moreso, just interested in comments and suggestions, perhaps collections I should look into.

Thanks in advance.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: May 29, 2009 5:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: John Fahey? (non GD; assistance req'd)

Fahey is a fingerpicking god.
Early Fahey is perhaps the most accessible; his Blind Joe Death albums from the '60s have a lot of traditional themes from folk & blues, though transformed in the Fahey manner & melded with a kind of modern-classical stream-of-consciousness style. Old '20s acoustic blues was Fahey's main love as a musician, but became less evident in his playing over the years. He increasingly came to favor very long compositions - he'll start with a theme & then go off on tangents for ten minutes....
Later '60s albums are a bit more difficult since he got into experimental sound collages. In the '70s he started doing a series of Christmas/religious instrumental albums which might be his most popular (the pieces are kept pretty short). I don't think I'd recommend his '90s albums for a newcomer since by then he was into ambient sound & electronics, which is far from the 'classic Fahey' sound.
The Return of the Repressed is a 2-CD set which is kind of a 'greatest hits' from across his career. Of course there's a lot of stuff on youtube; sugarmegs also has some live shows. As far as live albums, the best are The Great Santa Barbara Oil Slick (1969) and On Air (1977).

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Poster: deyzof49 Date: May 29, 2009 5:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: John Fahey? (non GD; assistance req'd)

Fahey. A friend turned me on to him many years ago, Live/Dead had just come out, and the intricate guitar pickin Fahey was doing certainly blew my mind. Seem to remember having an album called "Voice of the Turtle", but my favourite was "Fare Forward Voyagers". I still wish I'd never lent it to someone.
Kottke seems to always be compared with Fahey but I find them both utterly unique. My favourite Kottke track, a live song called "Downproofing", where I could swear there are two guitars goin. Hail to Tacoma.

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: May 28, 2009 5:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: John Fahey? (non GD; assistance req'd)

I was turned on to Fahey many years ago and listening to it felt like I was on a shopping adventure in a candle shop run by lesbians. Maybe a wine bar with lots of Boston ferns. If they had Starbucks in the 70's, Fahey would have been in the rotation.

It's alright for some aural background music while busy at some other chore, but rather demanding to just sit down and put on the box. Fahey's skills were right up there with Leo Kottke, but for me they serve a better purpose as background music.

I think Jorma's "Quah" LP is more accessible with great vocals and a bit softer fingerstyle ambiance.

Sorry I can't give any better input, there are vids on Youtube that could serve as a good sampler, plus you can check out his fabulous comb-over. Award winning.

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Poster: boltman Date: May 29, 2009 2:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: John Fahey? (non GD; assistance req'd)

Saw him live in the early 70's. Was a great solo acoustic guitar player. Enjoyed After The Ball and Old Fashioned Love. If memory serves both have some pretty mainstream (Kottke-like) tunes as well as some Indian raga influenced songs that had an interesting feel. Well worth the time.

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Poster: dilcurrie Date: May 30, 2009 1:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: John Fahey? (non GD; assistance req'd)

dance of death on the zabreski point soundtrack you probably already have

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Poster: William Tell Date: May 30, 2009 6:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: John Fahey? (non GD; assistance req'd)

Ok, wait a minute--you're saying he contributes one of the tunes on that thing? Amazing...thanks!

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Poster: user unknown Date: May 28, 2009 6:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: John Fahey? (non GD; assistance req'd)

Sir William like you, I am familiar with the name but not the music. I did find a link to a show from:
Worcester, MA
Poly Tech
1969.

01. Steamboat Gwine 'Round De Bend>Death of the Clayton Peacock>Worried Blues
02. The Voice of the Turtle
03. Owchita>Revolt of the Dyke Brigade>Requiem for MJ Hurt


http://deanmartinez.blogspot.com/2007/07/john-fahey-at-polytech-1969.html

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Poster: William Tell Date: May 28, 2009 8:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: John Fahey? (non GD; assistance req'd)

Earl & Bill: thanks for the input...I understand that Kottke was greatly influenced by him, and I certainly enjoy Leo immensely. Will start with the utubes and go from there.

Thanks again.

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Poster: Miss Divine Date: May 28, 2009 11:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: John Fahey? (non GD; assistance req'd)

I have a large collection of Mr Fahey's output.
All in MP3 format and would be willing to return your recent generosity, if you're up for it. (No smutty comments!)

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Poster: William Tell Date: May 29, 2009 6:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: John Fahey? (non GD; assistance req'd)

Sweet as usual Miss D! Thanks, but now my son has the option of returning my "DEAD" related favors (I send him disks once a month, whether he wants them or not!), so I am covered. Be careful though, I noticed you strayed well past 71 in the thread above...I don't want to appear clingy, but it's always nice when I know you're not far from me and the early era.

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Poster: Miss Divine Date: May 29, 2009 7:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: John Fahey? (non GD; assistance req'd)

74 is my cut-off year.

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Poster: William Tell Date: May 29, 2009 11:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: John Fahey? (non GD; assistance req'd)

Excellent. Hmmm, and the really good news is I am in no danger of being cut-off.

Whewww.

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Poster: snori Date: May 29, 2009 1:58am
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A blast from the past ! I liked the 2 'Blind Joe Death' albums, unlike anything I'd heard when a friend lent them to me.

Here'a a guitar class (the sort of thing that made me realise the truth and give up the guitar)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93v6eoTjpig

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Poster: bbrew2 Date: May 28, 2009 9:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: John Fahey? (non GD; assistance req'd)

If you enjoy Kottke you will enjoy Fahey. Try to find the "Live in Tazmania" recording.